Hours before Vishva Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia was arrested by Uttar Pradesh police to prevent 84 chaurasi kos padyatra, Madhya Pradesh VHP leaders said monuments perpetuating the memory of Mughal ruler Babar are unacceptable within the cultural limit of Ayodhya.
The cultural limit, according to Parishad, is spread across 252 square kilometres covering six districts around Ayodhya.
“We will not allow any monument in memory of Babar to exist within Ayodhya’s cultural limit,” MP and Chhattisgargh VHP organisation secretary Ambarish Singh told mediapersons in Indore on Sunday morning.
The VHP, which is holding the first phase of nation wide demonstration on Monday to press for the 84 chaurasi kos padyatra, said it will not obey orders of Uttar Pradesh government or of local administration.
“We cannot cancel our religious programme because Mulayam Singh Yadav (Samajvadi Party chief) has said so. We will not accept government interference but will follow what Hindu saints say,” Singh said.
The Uttar Pradesh government, he added, has insulted Hindus and has defied the significance of 84 chaurasi kos padyatra which is a routine religious event. The padyatra will be held from August 25 to September 13, 2013.
About 700 saints from Madhya Pradesh including 300 from Malwa region will leave for Ayodhya in next 15 days to lend support to the padyatra.
The yatra is aimed at mobilising VHP, Bajarang Dal and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh workers for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya by passing a legislation in Parliament and for handing over 70-acre land for temple construction.
Under the second phase of the agitation, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal activists will hold an agitation at 50,000 places across the country on October 18.
“We will make people resolve for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya,” Malwa region Bajrang Dal convener Sanjay Holkar said.
As the first part of agitation, about 50 VHP, Bajrang Dal, RSS volunteers and sadhus will stage sit-in at Sanjay Setu in Indore on Monday to protest UP government’s decision to stop the padyatra.